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Why we TAFF

So last night after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, johncoxon got to talking to me and holyoutlaw about cricket, of which he is apparently a great enthusiast. He told us that he would spare us a long dissertation. I told him that earlier in the year at Corflu I had been audience to a mighty discourse on cricket (illustrated with physical reenactments of various famous and infamous incidents) from grytpype_thynne.

"I didn't know he was a cricket fan!" John exclaimed. (John, in the mold of johnnyeponymous, is fond of exclamations and the word "awesome".)

"Next time you two get together, you should talk cricket," I said.

"Awesome!" John exclaimed.

An American bringing two British cricket fans together. That, my friends, is why we TAFF.

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grytpype_thynne
Aug. 11th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I've responded to at least one previous post of his on the subject. I am if anything, a cricket fan before I am a FAN...

I'm sure he has access to the net but if not please tell him (at 7.40 UK time Thurs) England 444-3 in reply to India's 224 and Tendulkar is bowling.

He needs to meet Alyson A who's actually been to watch a game with the Mearas way back and it left an indelible impression.

My (honest) soon to be published trip report for Corflu will note that I talked about cricket more in California than I ever do in British fandom...

Do ask him about Googlies, Chinamen, Wrong 'Uns, Flippers, Throat Balls, Dosras (even I'm not sure what they are) and Silly Mid On.
johncoxon
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
Tendulkar bowling makes me clap my hands and giggle in glee...
stevegreen
Aug. 11th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Good to hear John's having fun in Seattle.
akirlu
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
He seems to be so far. And unlike some people, he managed not to loose his luggage. :) ;)
stevegreen
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Cheeky devil! You know full well I checked with American Airlines in Toronto and Chicago, and both times was assured they'd noted there was an error in the luggage tag. Still, at least AA paid for my stopgap shirt & underwear.

Were I to make such a flight again, I'd look seriously at sticking to a carry-on bag, then pick up additional clothes as required whilst I was your side of the Pond. Stuff is so much cheaper over there.
randy_byers
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
Especially with the dollar in such pathetic condition.
don_fitch
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Regardless of the price (if things aren't _too_ much more expensive) it's kinda Neat to have everyday clothes & other items that were acquired in far-oof exotic places such as London, Canberra, Toronto... even though most of them bear a "Made in China" label. (And one can usually bypass problems such as "How much is xx Cm. in Small/Medium/Large?".)
akirlu
Aug. 11th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I had meant to mention to John when he was chatting cricket to me over breakfast yesterday (yes, he does seem to manage to weedle it into every conversation) that there is quite a lively cricket league locally, in part due to the large East Indian population in the vicinity of Redmond, but the conversation was nimble and I didn't get a chance to mention it. So I looked up the local league and noticed on the schedule that there are a couple of matches around here this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, at St. Edwards State Park in Bothell, and also at Marymoor Park, in Redmond. So it might be a silly thing to do while in the US, but if he wants, there's a chance to watch American cricket...
mvt
Aug. 12th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Klingons use awesome a lot too. Havefun with John he is awesome
johncoxon
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh, for a 'like' button on LiveJournal!
randy_byers
Aug. 12th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Clearly LiveJournal needs an "awesome!" button.
bort43
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
An American bringing two British cricket fans together. That, my friends, is why we TAFF.

And, similiarly, GUFF. On the very first full day of my GUFF trip I discovered that I had to travel all the way to London to have John Harvey introduce me to Cindy Evans, a fellow-Aussie. And I spent the next day at Lord's cricket ground, where I was part of the crowd that gave Sunil Gavasker a rousing round of applause as he commenced his final ever international innings. (He scored a duck.)

But then, I'm more a cricket, and Aussie rules football (Gee, Marc Murphy's have a great season) fan than I am a SF fan.
randy_byers
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think these fan funds are actually an international exchange of cricket enthusiasts.
bort43
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Many moons ago John Foyster (founder of DUFF and the 1979 GUFF-winner) started Silly Point, which was a cricket apa.
randy_byers
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
And I did have to think of you when I was writing this post, because I remembered that when I was in Melbourne you were unavailable because you were at a cricket match. As I recall, you invited me to come watch some of it.
bort43
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
That sounds about right! From memory another reason we didn't get to meet was because part of your Melbourne stay coincided with when my family were spending a few days out-of-town (a trip which got delayed so that my oldest son and I can spend a day at the cricket.)
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